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RotoBaller PGA: One And Done Staff Picks - TOUR Championship


Here at RotoBaller, we are always searching for ways to give our readers the best fantasy sports content possible. With that goal in mind, we are very proud to announce the addition of a weekly PGA “One and Done” column. In this feature, our golf staff of Joe Nicely, Spencer Aguiar and Gianni Magliocco will provide their weekly golf picks every Wednesday. The purpose of this article is to present you with alternative options to consider and hopefully make your selection a much easier process weekly. With that plan in mind, let's get started!

This is it boys and girls. Both our little OAD contest and the 2018-19 PGA Tour season come to a close this week at the TOUR Championship. If you've followed along with our picks this year, then you know that Gianni and I have been in a season-long war for the top spot. It's fitting that things will come down to the final event of the season between us, with my lead over Gianni standing just a shade under $150k.

As most of you know, the PGA Tour has decided to try something new in this year's TOUR Championship by giving the advantage of strokes based on a player's position in the FedEx Cup points standings. In the spirit of fairness, we decided to throw that out for the purposes of our RotoBaller OAD contest, opting to have all of our picks starting at even par for the week and going from there, with payouts scaled down to a more standard size. I know, it's all a little complicated, but I promise we're doing the best we can!

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For an in-depth breakdown of the top DraftKings and Fanduel plays, check out Joe Nicely's weekly Horse For The Course that highlights the best fits for the week's course.

And you can also find out who the smart money is on by checking out Spencer Aguiar's PGA DFS: Vegas Report every week.

 

2019 TOUR Championship

East Lake Golf Club

7,385 Yards - Par 70 - Greens Bermuda

This Donald Ross gem has morphed from the place where the great Bobby Jones honed his craft into the annual home of the PGA Tour's season finale. Despite being an older course, East Lake usually puts up a pretty good fight against the best golfers in the world, with the winning score generally coming in at around 12-under par. Players will need to be sharp both off the tee and on approach here, with a Bermuda-grass putting surface awaiting them on the greens.


One and Done Selections

Joe Nicely - Tommy Fleetwood

Alternate -  Louis Oosthuizen

I probably made a pretty serious misstep at last week's BMW Championship with my selection of Joaquin Niemann. I had "better" options available to me, but with only the top-30 finishers in the FedEx Cup points standings moving on to this week's TOUR Championship, I had to assure myself options for this week. My man Niemann dug himself a hole early at Medinah, and while he battled back to a respectable T31 finish, his $53k payday was a pittance compared to Gianni's horse Jon Rahm and his $350k haul. With my lead at just around $150k, the pressure is on this week.

The law of deduction tells me that Gianni will probably be going with Xander Schauffele this week. He's a formidable player that has torched East Lake in his two appearances and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried. I wish I had a magic rabbit to pull out of my hat this week, but all I can do is say a little prayer as I roll out "Fairway Jesus" as my last selection of the season.

I've been kicking myself over the past month for not using Tommy Fleetwood at either the Open Championship or the WGC-FedEx, but I'm honestly pretty happy to have him available to me this week. Tommy started off the season with top-five finishes at the Arnold Palmer and Players before hitting a little mid-season lull. The Englishman has kicked things back into gear as of late though, with two top-fives and a T11 in his last four starts. He doesn't have much history at East Lake - a T11 in his lone appearance last season - but Fleetwood has demonstrated that he can go low on pretty much any type of course.

No matter how things turn out this week, I'd like to thank both Gianni and Spencer for joining me on this fun little ride this season! The competition has been fierce, but friendly, and both of the guys have made some amazing calls along the way.

*FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a participant in the Gup's Corner One and Done. I currently stand 50th on the season-long leaderboard and to avoid putting myself at a competitive disadvantage I may or may not opt to use a different player than the selection listed above. - Joe Nicely

Yearly Earnings - $10,125,410

Yearly Cuts Made - 28/31

 

Spencer Aguiar - Bryson DeChambeau

Alternate - Brooks Koepka

For those wondering, I have already used Brooks Koepka, so I didn't decide to roll Bryson DeChambeau out over Koepka in the final tournament of the season. Best case scenario: The guys let me use him as my alternate if DeChambeau is unable to go for whatever reason. Worst case: I get disqualified from the contest for breaking the rules. All in all, it seems like a relatively good gamble when you consider the fact that I am down over three million dollars to both Joe and Gianni.

I am not going to sit here and write something that will take over three minutes for the viewers to read. Frankly, my selection will waste enough of your time this weekend when it takes him five minutes in-between shots to decide what he wants to do. Instead, I will say this: It has been a fun contest this season between the three of us and congratulations to whoever is able to hoist the title come Sunday. Will it be me? Well, that remains to be seen if I can finagle the rules to my advantage one more time and get the full 15 million dollar payout when DeChambeau captures the fictitious stroke play championship. Don't count me out yet!
- Spencer Aguiar

Yearly Earnings - $6,591,150

Yearly Cuts Made - 29/31

 

Gianni Magliocco - Xander Schauffele

Alternate - Abraham Ancer

Pretty simple this week, I need a top-3 finish at worst, and my sole realistic chance of achieving that lies with Xander Schauffele.

Against me is Joe's considerable lead going into the last event due to the payout structure being so tight, but in my favor is Schauffele's love for East Lake. He followed a win here in 2017 with a seventh-place finish last year, and at last week's BMW Championship, the Californian had his best week tee-to-green since his T3 at the U.S. Open.

Regardless of what happens in the final week, I want to congratulate Spencer for his incredible cut percentage over the season (you won't believe the two players who cost him perfection!) and Joe for amassing an outstanding total that is worthy of a champion.
- Gianni Magliocco

Yearly Earnings - $9,982,566

Yearly Cuts Made - 27/31

 

Running Totals

Joe Nicely

Spencer Aguiar

Gianni Magliocco

Sony Open

Gary Woodland  $11,520

Justin Thomas $99,200

Kevin Kisner $12,864

Desert Classic

Jon Rahm $212,400

Jon Rahm $212,400

Patrick Cantlay $159,300

Farmers Insurance

Marc Leishman $21,158

Patrick Cantlay $0

Charles Howell III $79,804

Waste Management

Hideki Matsuyama $113,600

Webb Simpson $76,917

Justin Thomas $482,800

Pebble Beach

Chez Reavie $31,160

Phil Mickelson $1,368,000

Phil Mickelson $1,368,000

Genesis Open

Xander Schauffele $100,788

Hideki Matsuyama $177,600

Dustin Johnson $177,600

WGC Mexico Championship

Justin Thomas $201,000

Xander Schauffele $128,000

Tommy Fleetwood $103,750

Honda Classic

Adam Scott $0

Gary Woodland $25,346

Adam Scott $0

Arnold Palmer

Rory McIlroy $294,613

Justin Rose $19,474

Jason Day $0

Players Championship

Sergio Garcia $125,000

Tiger Woods $77,625

Rory McIlroy $2,250,000

Valspar Championship

Patrick Reed $0

Sergio Garcia $15,209

Henrik Stenson $54,270

WGC-Match Play

Ian Poulter   $108,429

Haotong Li $167,000

Francesco Molinari $712,000

Valero Texas Open

Tony Finau $16,275

Rickie Fowler $112,500

Tony Finau $16,275

Masters

Tiger Woods $2,070,000

Bubba Watson $225,400

Rickie Fowler $310,500

RBC Heritage

Byeong Hun An $0

Matt Kuchar $745,200

Brandt Snedeker $17,342

Wells Fargo Championship

Rickie Fowler $311,063

Tony Finau  $17,064

Webb Simpson $99,540

Bryon Nelson

Keith Mitchell $17,301

Brooks Koepka $379,200

Tony Romo $0

PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka $1,980,000

Rory McIlroy $264,395

Brooks Koepka $1,980,000

Charles Schwab

Jordan Spieth $197,100

Francesco Molinari $16,819

Paul Casey $0

Memorial

Patrick Cantlay $1,638,000

Adam Scott $982,800

Hideki Matsuyama $327,600

RBC Canadian Open

Webb Simpson $668,800

Kevin Tway $22,977

Matt Kuchar $334,400

U.S. Open

Dustin Johnson $57,853

Tommy Fleetwood $23,851

Tiger Woods $117,598

Travelers Championship

Paul Casey $262,800

Jason Day $194,400

Marc Leishman $65,760

Rocket Mortgage Classic

Billy Horschel $105,850

Dustin Johnson $0

Billy Horschel $105,850

3M Open

Bryson DeChambeau $563,200

Sungjae Im $92,960

Bryson DeChambeau $563,200

John Deere Classic

Collin Morikawa $264,000

Bud Cauley $70,500

Zach Johnson $24,000

Open Championship

Henrik Stenson $91,350

Eddie Pepperell $24,625

Justin Rose $91,350

WGC- St. Jude

Matt Kuchar $70,000

Marc Leishman $602,000

Patrick Reed $143,625

Wyndham Championship

Viktor Hovland $297.600

Paul Casey $109,533

Jordan Spieth $11,284

Northern Trust

Justin Rose $240,500

Jordan Spieth $299,469

Gary Woodland $21,354

BMW Championship

Joaquin Niemann $53,650

Bill Horschel $40,700

Jon Rahm $351,500

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